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Scotch Eggs

This is a Gr8 snack, appetizer, breakfast on the go, or buffet addition. Truly an all around food!
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time37 mins
Course: Appetizer, Breakfast
Cuisine: British
Keyword: Scotch Eggs
Servings: 8 eggs
Author: Anna


  • 8 large eggs, hard boiled and peeled
  • 2-3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 20 ounces sausage meat,, I used breakfast sausage
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • Oil,, for frying


  • Roll each peeled egg in flour until completely coated.
    scotch eggs floured
  • Divide the sausage meat and make 8 patties.
    scotch eggs sausage patties
  • Lay one egg in the middle of one sausage patty and work the meat up and around the egg until none of the egg shows through. The sausage meat should be fairly evenly distributed so it cooks evenly. You don't want it too thick anywhere.
    scotch eggs encasing
  • Do this for all 8 eggs. At this point, if the sausage is too sticky and difficult to work with, put the sausage covered eggs in the refrigerator to firm up a bit.
  • Beat the one egg with the teaspoon of water in a small bowl.
  • Put the breadcrumbs into another shallow dish.
  • Meanwhile, put about 2" of oil into a medium saucepan and heat it to 375ºF. (A thermometer comes in handy here.)
  • Roll each sausage encased egg in the egg wash then roll in the breadcrumbs to cover.
    scotch eggs eggwash
  • When the oil is ready, carefully lower each egg into the oil and fry until golden brown and the meat is cooked through, about 5 to 6 minutes. Don't crowd the eggs and try to keep the oil temperature at 350ºF.
  • Drain on paper towels.
  • For the best presentation, cut the Scotch in half lengthwise. Or, you can leave them whole, they look like geodes or dinosaur eggs!
    Scotch Eggs Whole


Gr8 Do Ahead Tips:

To do ahead and serve hot, prepare eggs through Step 4, then refrigerate for up to a day. Proceed with Step 5 when ready to serve.
Or, complete the entire recipe, then refrigerate for up to 3 days. These make a Gr8 breakfast to grab on the go or set them out for your buffet.

Gr8 Alternative Cooking Method:

If you really don't like to fry things, these can also be baked. Heat your oven to 400ºF and bake for 25 to 35 minutes until the sausage is cooked through.

Gr8 Serving Tips:

For an appetizer or snack serve with mustard and gherkins.
For dinner serve with a green salad with a mustard vinaigrette.
Tried this recipe?Mention @Great8Friends or tag #gr8food!